“We’ve criminalized the exploration of opposing views.”
Indeed. I found this out for myself when I was living and working on the west coast and tried buying a couple of books at a bookstore. One was by Michael Moore. The other was by Thomas Sowell. The woman at the cash register did not approve of the latter…at all. And she was happy to let me know all about it.
I think we’re past the days when intellectual adversaries could respect each other even if they didn’t like each other. It’s a black-and-white, “with me or against me” nation now, which is disappointing. Personally, I’m of the opinion that disagreement is both inevitable and necessary in a democracy, and that dueling ideas are critical to the evolution of a society, which is why it’s good to at least keep up with what the other side is saying. But that’s just my humble take on the subject.
Anyways, nice post! Keep up the good work!